Douglas Orr Zeigler was born in Dixon, Illinois, and attended The University of Chicago and The Art Institute of Chicago (BFA). He studied drawing, painting, and design with several European émigré faculty who emphasized the traditional disciplines. In this rich environment, he developed an approach to an individual vision which is grounded in representation, but also taps expressive, spontaneous impulses and yields to immediate responses of color, line, form, and texture. Zeigler works from his studio in Manakin Sabot, Virginia.
Working by a step-by-step process of preliminary sketches and color studies, Ziegler accepts commissions for a wide variety of artwork, such portraits, landscapes and coastal subjects, and marine scenes, including boat portraits.
Zeigler states that the visual artist has a responsibility to be faithful to his will to create. In his work, he attempt to go to those places where his vision takes form by means of paint on canvas or pigmented water on paper. Nature is Ziegler’s starting point, but the subconscious guides his response to what he “knows” or “sees.” One of his goals as an artist is to share with others what he sees in experiences in the moments.